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Monday, August 9 2004

Hidalgo (2004)

'Being out in the middle of the Arabian desert,' says Mortensen, 'you could easily imagine what it must have been like.'"


Tuesday, August 3 2004

13 Going on 30 (2004)

Jennifer Garner embodies a joy that's all too rare on recent movie screens, in adults or kids.


Secret Window (2004)

'Johnny's look,' says director David Koepp, 'mostly came from Johnny'.


RoboCop Trilogy (1987/1990/1993)

Strikingly, RoboCop's political insights are as timely today as on its release in 1987.


The Reckoning (2004)

The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.


The Flower of Evil (La Fleur Du Mal) (2003)

Claude Chabrol keeps the forces that threaten to tear the family asunder, for the most part, submerged.


Monday, July 26 2004

How’s Your News? (1999)

It's impossible not to do a little genuine soul-searching while watching, How's Your News? because it reframes disability in terms that aren't super-heroic, but ordinarily virtuous.


Hellboy: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

Speaking in his commentary track, del Toro is keenly passionate about the film, the character, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.


Bukowski at Bellevue (2004)

The man had a soul, and the contribution of this lonely fact to American art is worth remembering when all the other nonsense is rightfully forgotten.


Monday, July 12 2004

13 Moons (2002)

In this world of unbelievable coincidences, Karma battles fate for the destiny of all involved.


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)

Martin Ritt coaxes a performance from Richard Burton that reveals Leamas as a full-fledged existential hero.


Never Die Alone (2004)

'I look older in person than I come across on film,' observes DMX while watching himself in Never Die Alone.


The Manchurian Candidate: Special Edition (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate throws into horrific relief a chaotic sense of U.S. national identity.


Heartburn (1986)

In Heartburn, we're not privy to any clues that Mark might be the unfaithful party, even though we know it's a plot device coming down the track like a Metroliner.


The Dreamers (2003)

'At the beginning, says Bertolucci,' the characters are a bit unshaped, and day after day, you can see them becoming something new, something that didn't exist before.


Cold Mountain: Collector’s Edition (2003)

Anthony Minghella's image of the birds in snow articulates Cold Mountain's aesthetic and themes, its interest in collision and reverie, in nostalgia and resistance.


Against the Ropes (2004)

'It seemed like a microcosm of life,' says Jackie Kallen of boxing.


Tuesday, July 6 2004

The Show (1995)

'Hip-hop to me,' says Dr. Dre, 'is a way out.'"


Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003)

Omar Sharif observes, 'It's very difficult for me to find parts at my age, because I have this very peculiar accent which is neither French nor English nor Italian. I'm sort of a foreigner.'


The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra constitutes another attempt, lovingly based on bad, low-budget movies, borrowing from and referencing classics.


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